(I did a search and I tried to access the pick-up page under newbie links but it doesn't work). I am looking to buy new pick-ups for my bass in the near future. The pick-ups I have on right now are some kind of easily fitted and removed fishmans (sp?). My double bass is a 3/4 Romanian flatbacked bass with "perminent" strings (a hybrid string I think). The bass has a relatively bright tone and can sound pingy at times when amplified. Unamplified, though, I can achieve my ideal sound, but obviously that doesn't matter when I can't be heard. As far as technique goes, I switch between alternating index and middle fingers, a two finger sweep/brush/side-sweep, and a one finger side-sweep. The pick-up that I am looking for will preserve mellowness and be sensitive/potent enough to give the amp a good signal. I do use a pre-amp (around $200) but it goes out of batteries quickly and when I do use it, it still doesn't put enough "oomph" into the amp. I know the amp can put out the volume though because my electric bass can put out plenty of sound, so I am led to believe that I need a pick-up with a strong signal and sensitivity with preserved mellowness. Thank you for your time. *edit* My budget goes up to $700, but I don't think they cost THAT much.